Blind man sees his wife for the first time in 10 years
Allen Zderad of Forest Lake, Minnestoa is finally able to see his wife for the first time in over ten years thanks to a new clinical treatment.
Emma Watson thanked Steve Carell with a handwritten note for supporting #HeForShe
Emma Watson thanked Steve Carell for wearing He For She cufflinks to the Oscars with a sweet handwritten note.
At long last, Limp Bizkit mashed up with the Seinfeld theme song
A new mashup pairs the vocals of Limp Bizkit's 'Break Stuff' with the 'Seinfeld' theme song.
Watch Sesame Street's near-perfect House of Cards parody
Sesame Street, which lives to put its own spin on pop culture (e.g. Birdman) as it wholly embraces technology, has released an aptly timed parody of Netflix's House of Cards. As it turns out, the...
Structure Data 2015 | Gigaom Events
Big, fast and smart. These three words will define the future of big data. Structure Data is bringing together prominent big data analysts, technologists and companies who are implementing some very cool data strategies. Join us this March in New York City.
Porsche offers to put modern tech in the dash of your classic 911
Older sports cars are great for hitting the open road, but let's face it, they lack the bells and whistles of modern automobiles. Porsche is looking to h
22-year old sets bacon-eating record: 182 pieces in 5 minutes
Matt "Megatoad" Stonie broke the world record for bacon eating, devouring 182 pieces in 5 minutes.
As Softcard admits defeat, let's stop to remember its wonderfully deranged mascot, Tappy
How do you convince the average consumer that it's a good idea to replace their old-fashioned wallet and credit card with a mobile app and NFC sensor? You create a zany mascot that combines all the...
Black Future Month refocuses the lens on tomorrow's identity
Contemporary art museum MoCADA in Brooklyn is celebrating black artists of the present and future.
Australian Prime Minister 'shakes it off' in glorious new video
There has never been a video that so perfectly captures how Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott acts in the face of criticism.
Valve to show SteamVR hardware, controller, and new Steam devices at GDC
Today Valve announced that it plans to showcase previously-unannounced SteamVR hardware at GDC next week, alongside new iterations of the long-awaited Steam Machines hardware and the final version of the Steam Control ler.
We have some important news to share: Softcard has completed a deal with Google to bring together leading technologies to advance mobile wallets. Google has acquired Softcard technology and capabilities to power the next generation of mobile payments. Please see Google’s blog post here .
Earplugs, a New Dance-Fest Must-Have?
Forget glow sticks—the latest must-have accessories being pushed to young festivalgoers are high-end earplugs.
Engadget on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
Apple Is Now More Than Double the Size of Exxon—And Everyone Else
On a year-end basis, the last time the biggest company by market value was worth at least double the second-largest was 30 years ago, says S&P Dow Jones Indices’ Howard Silverblatt. At the conclusion of 1983, 1984 and 1985, International Business Machines Corp.’s market cap was more than twice Exxon, which ended each of those years in second place. At its widest year-end point back then, IBM was worth 140% more than Exxon.
Target.com Undercuts Amazon And Walmart With New Free Shipping Minimums
Target today announced a change to its e-commerce site designed to undercut competitors like Amazon and Walmart: It dropped the minimum requirements for free shipping from $50 previously down to just $25. This means that the free shipping minimum requirement from Target is now actually $10 less than it is on Amazon, and half of Walmart’s minimum.
Building a complete Tweet index | Twitter Blogs
The beauty of these inverted index builders is that they are very simple. They are single-threaded and stateless, and these small builders can be massively parallelized on Mesos (we have launched well over a thousand parallel builders in some cases). These inverted index builders can coordinate with each other by placing locks on ZooKeeper, which ensures that two builders don’t build the same segment. Using this approach, we rebuilt inverted indices for nearly half a trillion Tweets in only about two days (fun fact: our bottleneck is actually the Hadoop namenode).
Siri's Inventors Are Building a Radical New AI That Does Anything You Ask | WIRED
When Apple announced the iPhone 4S on October 4, 2011, the headlines were not about its speedy A5 chip or improved camera. Instead they focused on an unusual new feature: an intelligent assistant, dubbed Siri. At first Siri, endowed with a female voice, seemed almost human in the way she understood what you said to her and responded, an advance in artificial intelligence that seemed to place us on a fast track to the Singularity. She was brilliant at fulfilling certain requests, like “Can you set the alarm for 6:30?” or “Call Diane’s mobile phone.” And she had a personality: If you asked her if there was a God, she would demur with deft wisdom. “My policy is the separation of spirit and silicon,” she’d say.
Why Samsung Design Stinks
"I’ve seen amazing concepts and prototypes. It was like, ‘Wow, if only we had that in the market, the rest of the market would go bankrupt,’" Lee says. But during his 18-month tenure with the company, Samsung failed to launch the next big thing. It wasn’t a lack of good ideas, or Samsung’s stinginess in hiring good designers, he argues. It was a combination of problems—cultural, managerial, and structural—that prevented concepts from making it to market as real Samsung products. Most of all, though, he blames the Western designer’s mentality—the Silicon Valley archetype of stubborn genius that today’s innovators hold so dear. He blames Steve Jobs Syndrome.
Apple's new multicultural emoji are (almost) here
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CT scan finds mummified monk inside 1,000-year-old Buddha - CNET
A Chinese statue of the Buddha dating back to around 1100 AD is more than just a statue -- it's the final resting place of a Buddhist master.
Take A Mouth-Watering Tour Of School Lunches From Around The World (And The Embarrassing U.S. Equivalent)
I totally agree that mid day meal programme in India doesn't serve platters that look like a Brazilian platter in the blog above and is not hygienic enough. You have undermined the fact that MDM also feeds 140 million kids each day free of cost and it should be considered a great feat to achieve that kind of volume. Mcdonalds serves 70 million customers a day for profit and it is a staple in American diet. India is a poor country in terms of per capita income where 40% of the 1.7 billion people are still below poverty line. That means almost half of India starves everyday. MDMS is doing a great job in reducing starvation. America is 239 years old while rest of the countries compared here are 100 years or less. India is only 68 years old. But these countries still don't serve or recommend serving chicken nuggets with ketchup to kids. There is nothing embarrassin about MDMS. In contrast, it is something to study how India is able to pull out the limited resources, logistics involved :)
John Travlota's creepy Scarlett Johansson kiss gets the meme treatment
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6 Ways Your Office Design Is Bumming Everyone Out
If you're making people sit in poorly lit, scrunched-together spaces with no potential for chance encounters, it's time to rearrange.
5 Common Misconceptions That Make You Bad At Networking
Most people think about networking when they need something: a job, a piece of advice, or some insight. And there is nothing inherently wrong with this (as long as you also keep in mind the importance of giving more than you receive). But even when we need something, we tend to be too vague, making it difficult for people to actually help us.
Laura Poitras on the Crypto Tools That Made Her Snowden Film Possible | WIRED
Poitras’ caution is echoed in the movie’s narrative. In intimate scenes she recorded with Snowden in his Hong Kong hotel room—the core of her film—she shows him worrying that the VoIP deskphone in his room has been turned into a bug. He chides Glenn Greenwald for using a too-short password, dons a blanket over his head and laptop to enter his own passphrase (Snowden jokingly calls it his “magical mantel of power”) and freezes up when a fire alarm test interrupts their work, suspecting foul play. Still, Poitras says that none of that was meant to portray Snowden as paranoid. “I wouldn’t describe anything that Snowden recommends in that hotel room as paranoia,” she says. “When your adversary is the NSA, that’s not paranoid.”
Drones overhead in L.A.'s Valley are tracking mobile devices' locations
Normally, Adnear collects these mobile signals on bikes, cars, trains, and, on occasion, stairs. It conducts this ground-based collection so it can readily map the strength of the signals against the nearby towers or Wi-Fi hotspots. Drones, of course, offer better coverage than ground-based methods, and can be used in areas inaccessible by vehicles or foot.
Scrawled Insults and Epiphanies by Anthony Grafton
The Society Library forbids contemporary users to write in its books. A printed slip inside one of the texts on display in the exhibit shows that it has been saying no to readers armed with pens for a long time. But annotated books have had a central place in the Library’s collections from the very start. John Sharp, a Scottish-born minister with a passion for social justice, worked up a project in the 1710s to create a free school and library in New York. He built a substantial collection, in the hope that ministers who preached to African slaves and Native Americans could use the books. Some 149 of Sharp’s books eventually entered the Society Library at its founding in 1754. And he seems to have liked marginalia, since he bought a fair number of annotated books and entered notes of his own in others. In one of the books on display in the exhibition we see him take note of the author’s complaint that printers have omitted “ marginal notes , together with the Apocrypha, to make the Bible portable , and fit for the Pocket .” Sharp called attention to the passage, naturally, in the margin, with a neat manicule and a bracket.
Everything I know about a good death I learned from my cat
And this is where I feel I have been better served by my vet than many patients are by their doctors: we have had, for the last two years, a continuous conversation about Dottie’s end-of-life plan. No one has ever promised me a cure, or made me hope Dottie will beat cancer. I have not been shuttled from one expensive treatment to the next, in the hopes of another month or two. Some of this, doubtless, has to do with cost — I am paying for all her treatments, so my vet has to run through an itemized list of what she plans to do for Dottie so I can okay it. That also means that we talk about the risks and benefits of her treatments in great detail, so I can decide how best to treat her.
How the Internet of Things is affecting urban design
"Highway and traffic planners design things to make driving safe for [human] drivers, basically," says Salama. "I see a future where, if you don't have to worry about [human error], then you can design these spaces in the way that is the most comfortable for a person. Instead of widening the lane, we're going to shrink them, we're going to make it a safe crossing distance for people, we're gonna add a bike lane. It's a pretty exciting vision: The Internet of Things paired with the sharing economy."
20 Lessons Of Innovation For 2015
This year marks Fast Company’s 20th anniversary, but that benchmark means nothing if we aren’t challenging our own assumptions—and helping our readers challenge theirs. That’s one reason this year’s list includes only five repeats from a year ago. The goal of our Most Innovative Companies coverage is to encapsulate the state of innovation as it exists right now. With each new iteration of this project, we discover new things. Here, in honor of our 20th anniversary, are 20 lessons we’ve gleaned for 2015.
11 Google apps you probably didn't know existed
From Maps and Gmail to Translate and YouTube, Google already offers a myriad of digital services that are useful and generally well-liked. But what about all those other ones that garner little in the way of headlines or fanfare? Google actually has a ton of apps that generally fall under the mainstream radar. So here’s a look at some of those, and what they do.
This chart shows how quickly startup valuations are skyrocketing
Once upon a time in Silicon Valley, a billion dollars was a big deal. These days, companies can catch multi-billion-dollar valuations on the fly. Take, for instance, the big numbers bandied about this week. Investors are waving term sheets at Snapchat for $500 million in financing under the assumption that the app is worth $19 billion . Pinterest is also in the process of raising $500 million, but at a more modest $11 billion valuation . "Facing overwhelming demand" from investors, Uber agreed to accept an additional billion dollars in financing, just a few weeks after the e-hailing app closed a $1.2 billion funding round that valued the company at $40 billion.
How To Spot Future Leaders
Rath balks when he sees someone trying to be a jack-of-all-trades because it’s likely they’ll never excel at any one thing, he says. Leaders know their strengths and focus on those areas, either seeking assistance to shore up areas that need work or working with others who complement their skills, he says. Trying to pretend you’re good at everything means that you either don’t have a good understanding of your true strengths or that your insecurity in admitting weakness could get in the way of your leadership ability.
Young, Attractive, and Totally Not Into Having Sex | WIRED
It’s Friday afternoon during finals week, and two undergrads at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville are lounging together on a battered couch in the student center, watching cartoons. They’ve only met twice before, but they’re all over each other. Rae, a tiny pixie of a sophomore wearing a newsboy cap, nuzzles up against Sean, a handsome freshman. He’s got his arm draped across her. They giggle and tease each other, and she sprawls into his lap. Their friend Genevieve, perched on the arm of the couch, smiles and rolls her eyes.
This is what the new Thor thinks of fans who hate feminism
Last fall, the role of Thor, God of Thunder, was taken up by a woman . Fans were... divided on the subject, to say the least. Even though the new Thor eventually faced down an invasion of Frost Giants and was given the role by the Odinson himself (translation: she's awesome), certain ugly corners of fandom decried the move as a cynical cash grab that besmirched the legacy of a beloved character in the name of rotten old feminism. Or something.
Just Checking In
hey v im in cambodia on assignment for eight weeks. great uncle viktor (u met him at my last reading at housing works) is in hospital with heart problems and will be there for at least two weeks. he has a 98 y old african grey parrot that needs regular hand-feedings and stress medication and he is v worried about it, panicked and doesn’t want to stay in hospital until it’s found a home and since you are basically always home i truly need a favor which i guess now you can guess. the thing is they actually die of loneliness at that age so its urgent to go down to his apartment asap (doorman knows you are coming). i guess full disclosure i should tell you he got it in south africa and its incredibly racist (+ sexist [+ homophobic]) but it learned its racism in 1930s johannesburg so it’s prettttttttttty intense ☹☹☹☹☹ i can’t even type its name but you can guess) so you want to be very careful who comes over. if u need you can get its meds at a special bird place in staten island. will make a great story, though, right?
The Insanely Dangerous, Weirdly Meditative Sport of Freediving | WIRED
This is routine for freedivers, who push their mind and body to extremes as they hold their breath for minutes at a time while descending far below the surface. It is an intense, isolating pursuit, but Logan Mock-Bunting masterfully captures the world’s best freedivers with photos that highlight the skill, the adventure and, yes, the insanity, of the sport.
The Freelancer's Guide To The Complicated Mess Of Tax Deductions
For the sake of filing for deductions, it doesn’t matter that much, says Mark Steber , chief tax officer of Jackson Hewitt Tax Service. "Freelancers or self-employed individuals have the same rules as those that work from home for their employer’s convenience," he says. "The only difference is where the deduction is claimed." Freelancers and self-employed use Schedule C for deductions, and contracted employees claim as part of a miscellaneous itemized deduction on Schedule A.
Greece readies new list of bailout reforms
Caught between its own defiant campaign pledges and pressure from creditors, Greece's left-wing government will deliver a list of reforms Tuesday to debt inspectors for final approval of extended rescue loans, officials said.
The 10 accounts you should follow on Snapchat
If you're new to Snapchat, you likely need people to follow. If you've been on the platform for a while, you're probably tired of seeing the same few friends post snaps of their pets.
Leonard Nimoy hospitalized for severe chest pains
LOS ANGELES — Leonard Nimoy was hospitalized late last week after experiencing severe chest pains, following multiple trips to the hospital for the Star Trek star in the past months, TMZ reported Monday.
American Giant Guns For Gap By Doubling Down On The USA
American Giant is not yet a household name in the apparel market, like Levi’s or Gap, but Winthrop has outsize ideas about its future. He doesn’t just want to sell hoodies, T-shirts, and polos; he wants to prove that American manufacturing can be profitable again, reversing a devastating economic trend. No U.S. manufacturing industry has suffered more from outsourcing than textiles and apparel: The domestic workforce has shrunk by roughly three-quarters since the 1990s. Winthrop is crafting an American-made resurgence, one that draws its power from both a heritage appeal and the Internet. American Giant is an e-commerce phenomenon: its clothes, sold only via the web, are comfortable, flattering, durable, and popular with a fanatical fan base. As a private company, American Giant declines to release sales figures, but Winthrop says its business has tripled each year since its launch in 2012. The company’s products routinely sell out and can be back-ordered for weeks. That’s why Winthrop is here in the Carolinas: American Giant is working to reengineer its back end, experimenting with a counterintuitive approach to making clothes—and creating American jobs in the process.
Reg Saddler on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
Will gravestones of the future represent your digital life?
Our phones track everything we do and everywhere we go. Our social networks track just how liked we are. The so-called Quantified Self becomes more quantified every day, but do those numbers actually add up to define a human being?
An Ingenious Projector That Transforms Kitchen Tables Into TVs | WIRED
Small-scale projectors have been on the market for some time, but Beam is unique in that it is designed to screw into light sockets while pulling double duty as an ultrabright LED lightbulb. This is a simple change to the hardware, but fundamentally changes the way the product gets used. It’s not a matter or buying and installing a new gadget, but rather, upgrading an existing one. “Beam is a happy product that wants to help make your life special and more fun,” says Jeroen van Geel, Chief Creative Officer at Beam Labs . “It feels like a modern lamp, but when you look closer you notice there is more to this lamp than you thought.”
Google Wallet will soon come pre-installed on Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile Android phones
The trend is clear: Apple's competitors are seeing the adoption that Apple Pay has already amassed and are working fast to build new alternatives — or combine existing ones to create a better, more viable product. That's precisely what's occurring here between Google and US carriers, several of whom were hesitant to get behind Google's mobile wallet a few years ago. But Softcard's been a flop with consumers, so it seems everyone has realized there needs to be a plan B. We've just entered a whole new phase of the mobile payments war.
Hang w/ Now Lets You Add Filters to your Live Streams
Hang w/ , a social video streaming app that lets you broadcast live and concurrently chat with friends and followers, now features filters to enhance your videos. If you’ve ever felt left out of the filter game à la Instagram — or thought that your video would truly benefit from a different look — Hang w/ can get you into that creative groove.
Silicon Valley Could Learn a Lot From Skater Culture. Just Not How to Be a Meritocracy | WIRED
In 1983 I left skateboarding forever. But just a few years earlier, I was a sponsored skater (team Santa Cruz) preparing for a world contest. When my knee exploded in a bad kickflip pirouette, my competition and sponsorship was over, but I worked my ass off for a year in physical therapy so I might skate again for the love of it. When my leg was finally ready, I rejoined the skate world only to find I’d phase-shifted into an alternative universe. Freestyle had vanished, and so had most of the women. The world-class footwork and flat tricks I did were now mocked mercilessly. In just a few years I went from training for a top championship to the skateboard equivalent of the Fake Geek Girl . In this world, I was not a “real” skater.
An Astonishingly Small Number of Elite Graduate Schools Produce the Academics Who Get Jobs
At the same time Oprisko was struggling to find work, he says his Ivy League political science colleagues, like a friend of his at University of Pennsylvania, had no problem landing elite postdocs and professorship opportunities. “He’s a wonderful guy, but he hadn’t actually done anything,” Oprisko says of his friend from UPenn. And Oprisko doesn’t think he’s imagining this bias against him; he says he’s been told by his mentors that, “There is an imprimatur of being ‘Ivy’ all the way down. You’re the cream of the crop if you can claim to be of a certain status from bottom to top.” He’s stopped listing his master’s degree from Indiana State on his résumé. He’s been told it’s better to have it appear as if he was doing nothing at all during that time than to be associated with a low-prestige school.
Chewse Raises Additional Funding To Expand Its Easy Catering Service
There’s no shortage of lunch delivery options in San Francisco these days, but there’s always room for another one. While most of the options out there are focused on serving individual consumers, Chewse is going after the lucrative office catering field.
Plane slides off frozen runway at Dallas-Fort Worth
An American Airlines plane slid off the runway Monday night at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport during a combination of sleet and freezing rain.
NVBOTS Wants To Make 3D Printers As Easy As Toasters
Right now 3D printing curriculums, if they exist, are fairly sparse. Putting a two thousand dollar machine in front of a grade schooler usually ends up in a lot of 3D printed Yoda heads and not much education while the learning curve for most 3D design tools is steep. That’s what the founders of NVBOTS, AJ Perez, Forrest Pieper, Christopher Haid, and Mateo Peña Doll, are looking to solve.
How Japan's Line App Became A Culture-Changing, Revenue-Generating Phenomenon
"Of all the messaging apps in this space, Line has the most soul," says Kavi Halemane, executive VP and head of digital at The Collective, Linkin Park’s management company when the band joined Line last year. With almost 4 million followers for its English-language official account, it is closing in on its Twitter audience (if you add in Linkin Park’s Japanese-language official account, it has more Line fans than Twitter followers). Cofounder Mike Shinoda, a former art student, even helped create a sticker pack featuring cartoony versions of himself and his bandmates. "Soul is not a technical term, but when I’m using the app, I can see why it’s been successful so far," Halemane says.
Hackers Cut in Line at the Burning Man Ticket Sale—And Get Caught | WIRED
The way this year’s sale operated, however, didn’t help to dissipate the resentment. Those interested in purchasing tickets were placed in an online queue as each sale was processed and given a time estimate as to how long they would be kept waiting before they could purchase tickets. The time estimates kept shifting, going from an 24 minute wait, to 46 minutes, back down to 18 minutes, to then “more than an hour,” which might as well have read, “abandon all hope ye who enter here.” At one point, the line was inexplicably “paused” for several minutes, causing another nerve-wracking moment on social media.
How the NSA's Firmware Hacking Works and Why It's So Unsettling | WIRED
They wouldn’t need the password if they could copy an entire directory from the operating system to the hidden sector for accessing later. But the flash chip where the firmware resides is too small for large amounts of data. So the attackers would need a bigger hidden space for storage. Luckily for them, it exists. There are large sectors in the service area of the hard drive disk that are also unused and could be commandeered to store a large cache of documents, even ones that might have been deleted from other parts of the computer. This service area, also called the reserved are or system area, stores the firmware and other data needed to operate drives, but it also contains large portions of unused space.
Review: Dell XPS 13 | WIRED
Look at the edges of whatever device you’re using to read this. See those dark bezels framing the screen? Dell got rid of them. That’s why the XPS 13 is so small: When you flip open the screen, all you see is, you know, screen. (There are bezels a few millimeters wide, but they’re basically invisible.) It’s made all the more impressive by the fact that the high-end configuration I’m using has one of the best laptop screens I’ve ever seen. The 13.3-inch, 3200 x 1800 touchscreen display is unbelievably sharp, accurate, and clear; it has great reproduction, great viewing angles, great touch response. I’ve spent less time with the 1080p, non-touch version of the laptop. That one is nice too, but the high-end model is just exceptional.
Volvo will run a public test of self-driving cars with 100 real people in 2017
In a brief online press conference announcing the test, Volvo's head of R&D Peter Martens took shots at two of the company's German competitors, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, both of whom have been aggressively marketing the development of their autonomous driving tech in recent years (Audi in particular). "We do this in real traffic with real customers and real cars," he said. "It's relatively easy to put together a mockup or a show car which drives around race circuits with 250 kilometers [per hour] or put living rooms on four wheels and pretend that this is the car interior, how it looks like in 10 years. It's much more complicated and much more real-life to really put the cars into the traffic where it's the most complicated situation."
How I Hacked Telegram's
While Telegram was founded upon a noble goal of providing privacy to consumers everywhere at no cost, they have fallen short of their objective by focusing purely on data-in-transit versus protecting data-at-rest on the mobile device itself. What is regrettable is that I approached Telegram multiple times and have yet to receive a response. Telegram’s so-called powerful encryption is not protecting users any better than any other page or app that uses SSL. If you are using Telegram because you want to ensure your privacy and the privacy of the messages you are sending, be aware that it will not stop sophisticated hackers from reading your messages. We highly recommended adding additional protection to your mobile device that can detect device-level cyberattacks.